Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with Vice President of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz, Moscow, September 28, 2020
Esteemed Mr Cabrisas,
We are happy to welcome you to the Foreign Ministry of Russia. We appreciate that whenever you come here to discuss the issue of economic cooperation, you always visit us.
This year is full of very important anniversaries – 75 years since the Victory in World War II, 60 years of Russian-Cuban diplomatic relations and, of course, 40 years since the flight of the Soviet-Cuban crew of Yury Romanenko and Arnaldo Tamayo Mendez, which we won’t forget. It took place in September 1980.
During this visit to the Russian Federation you have a very intensive programme: a meeting with Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, busy talks with the Co-Chair of the Russia-Cuba Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation Yury Borisov, meetings with the ministers of industry and trade and energy, the head of Rosaviatsiya (the Federal Agency for Air Transport) and representatives of Russian companies that operate in Cuba.
I hope that here, at the Foreign Ministry, we will discuss the key issues of foreign policy cooperation that are distinguished by genuine strategic partnership and alliance as regards the processes that are unfolding in the world.
Russia and Cuba belong to a group of like-minded countries that uphold the foundations of international law, and the norms and principles of the UN Charter, primarily as regards the need to ensure the equitable cooperation of all states, respect for their sovereignty, territorial integrity, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs and settlement of any problems exclusively by peaceful, diplomatic means without unilateral coercive measures, be they sanctions or other illegal restrictions.
The overwhelming majority of the international community shares these ideals of justice. In this respect, Russia and Cuba are on the right side of history.
I am convinced that your visit will raise our relations to a new level and be marked by specific agreements that will help strengthen our strategic partnership.